Real Housewives of Orange County Recap: Vicki Gunvalson The Marriage Whisperer? [Episode 12]

Posted on Jul 8 2014 - 7:51am by Norrth Cafe

Puerto Vallarta and the producers have decided to pick up with a scene from last week – Shannon commenting about how the gossip about their marriage is getting to her.  Someone is jonesing off of the Beador marital conflict – conflict feeds the Bravo beast, it seems. In a TH, Vicki provides insight into her own failed marriage with Donn and how she believes she chiseled away at the poor guy (AGREED). She feels it is her duty to help the Beadors. The Gunvalson fun bus is headed to Andale’s and Vick is ready to whoop it up. She tells us that doesn’t want to go out with Brooks in the OC  because of prying/disapproving  eyes, but feels free to have fun and let loose with him in Mexico. Vicki and Shannon dance on the bar top and because I care for you, I won’t describe it. It was funny, lovely, and scary at the same time.

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Speaking of scary: Astro, who feels more real than “mommy” and “daddy”, is making Tamra feel old. The workload is more than she’s ready for at her age. It would be too much to raise a child, alone, since Eddie is so uninvolved. Astro meets big brother Ryan and listens as the family makes plans to celebrate CutFitness’ one year anniversary, by first repairing a $30,000 error Eddie made – putting padding under the wood flooring which causes the floors to pop open.  They are arguing about what will happen if sales don’t pick up. Ryan takes a swipe at Eddie saying they are overpriced with such crap floors, Eddie takes a swipe at Ryan asking if there is anything else at CF not worth the money they are wasting on it. Tamra recalls the conflict between Simon and Ryan (we see flashbacks). Hmmmm, the common denominators are???? Yeah. Astro breaks the tension by crying, and, again, he’s the only real person in the room.

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Time for the Dubrow clan. Heather talks about the importance of setting a good example for her children while they are out to dinner. Her children are totally off the rails, at least thanks to editing they appear to be. She thinks they’ll eventually learn. They are joined by the nanny, who takes the kids for frozen yogurt. Heather wants a dog and thinks the rental is the perfect place for potty training (her landlord will be pleased to hear that. There goes the deposit). Terry gets his hands slapped for being honest. Heather wants a rescue, but claims allergies make having one impossible. She’d rather make a donation and buy toys and food for rescues. Just as she finishes, Terry points out that she plans to get a pedigreed dog since she needs to know the dogs genealogy ßYes, she said that. She needs to know the dog’s genealogy. I wouldn’t kid you about that. Heather is entering Gwyneth Paltrow territory in my book. She gets upset with Terry for pointing out she wants a dog with a pedigree, as if what he said wasn’t true.

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The world is an upside down place when Vicki is the very best of the franchise. She plans a day together for Shannon and David since they don’t really know her and Brooks all that well and need alone time. She sends them horseback riding – Shannon later lets her freak flag fly and worries about the mosquitos biting her, that the horse will slide off the trail down the hill, it goes on… geez. Vicki is still talking about what she did wrong in her marriage to Donn. I’m starting to think that Brooks should avoid picking out his side of the closet. I get the feeling that if Donn ever decided he wanted Vicki back, Brooks would be back to …. doing whatever it is he does, and I still don’t know what that is. The two couples head down the trail when Vicki stops to let Shannon and David know that they are to go on, alone. A private lunch has been arranged for them. In a TH, Shannon lets us know she’s tired and just wants to take a nap, something she recognizes is not nice to say under the circumstances.

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Lizzie is back at the OC try to sell her Sun Kitten swimwear.  She began designing in 2010 and sold a lot of her work online but wants to sell her line in “the right” stores. She was fortunate enough to have her father give her 100k to start the line and she feels that she has to be successful. I may not care for Lizzie, I do like her work ethic (work ethnic if you’re a RHONJ). Good luck to her, her meeting with a boutique owner seems to have gone well. I guess she’ll find out soon enough.

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In Mexico, David talks and Shannon just nods – he’s just making small talk. The only time she speaks is when he brings up the conflict from the night before. From their conversation, it seems clear that they are each misinterpreting the intent of the other in basic conversations. David feels that Shannon should stop telling him what he can and can’t drink. She feels is just trying to let him know she doesn’t recognize who he is when he drinks and feels that he’s slipping away. Shannon feels that David snaps at her when she’s speaking. 

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David feels that he can’t take hearing from Shannon that she wants to spend more time with him, any more. He is concerned about the way they live and if I understand what he’s saying, he feels that he’s killing himself to keep the lifestyle up. He tells Shannon he just wants to feel happy – he wants to come home and feel loved. He feels they don’t have happiness any more. She doesn’t feel that he loves her since they don’t share a room among other problems. She brings up the word “divorce” and he tries to tell her he’s not talking about divorce, he only wants to be happy, to have them both be happy. He doesn’t think she’s happy with herself and that she can’t be happy with him if she’s not happy with herself. She keeps hearing that he doesn’t want her. He feels that they have to learn to forgive each other and communicate differently.  It’s the most brutally honest conversation I think I’ve heard on any RH franchise.

Tamra and Eddie have packed Astro up and sent him back. They are calling in to the company to hear the results. Tamra, of course, was the primary caretaker. Eddie doesn’t give a flip. He does not want children (flashback to scenes of him telling Tamra, while they were dating, that he wanted children). Am I the only one who keeps expecting to hear Eddie say that he wants children, but not with Tamra? The results are that Eddie cared for Astro 13 times to Tamra 34 times – their percentage of care constitutes a fail. She is clearly emotional about his not wanting children and Eddie, being Eddie, asks if she’ll breast feed him.  #WhoNeedsSensitivity

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The interstitial is of Lizzie and Heather having dinner together, at the same restaurant where Christian proposed to Lizzie.  Heather mocks the restaurant where it happened – with Lizzie joining in. Heather then complains because Terry proposed to her on the plane ride to Paris, and not in Paris itself.  I wonder how generous the return policies are on rings – especially with this footage as evidence.

David and Shannon join Brooks and Vicki for dinner. Brooks refers to the two of them as the Beador’s favorite couple, which of course brings up Tamra’s betrayal of Shannon’s trust. Shannon takes things too far, in my opinion, when she claims that trusting Tamra may have hurt her family. I’m thinking the rocky relationship between her and David did that. Brooks follows up with a complaint about Tamra and Vicki’s friendship. He’s not over the attack at the Dubrow’s party – the fight that led Tamra making Gretchen her BFF for about ¾ of a season. Vicki brings up Tamra joining with Brianna to go after Brooks. She indicates that she thinks Tamra turned Brianna on Brooks. Whoa! This does not look good for Vicki and Tamra’s relationship. Vicki doesn’t think her relationship with Tamra will ever be the same.

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The Dubrows puppies arrive and the children are excited. Heather is still going on about her love for rescue dogs even if they couldn’t have one. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Vicki is finally back at the OC when Tamra arrives at her office with her new bangs and coffee. They talk about Astro and giving up on having children. Shannon’s email message comes up. Tamra feels that she’s 100% to blame, but she’s upset with Heather. Vicki feels that Tamra should stand up to Heather that Heather was wrong, too. Vicki realizes that neither did it to support Shannon, and feels that it was malicious behavior by the two. Vicki reiterates that Heather was not being nice when she did it. In a TH, Vicki says that she loves Tarma, but feels that Tamra has destructive tendencies. Tamra feels, and says, that Vicki hurt her worse by disclosing the things she told her in private, to Simon, to throw things in her face (flashback to a SimonVicki fight with her telling him that Tamra’s happiness was all she cared about). Vicki thinks Tamra is full of it, and asks Tamra to call her before she gets the urge to do something as stupid as disclose someone else’s trusted information.

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WHAT THE HELL?  WHY am I enjoying Vicki so much???

Next week?  OG Gunvalson takes on Heather. I have a feeling that I’m going to love Vicki even more after next week.

 

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  • Great recap Norrth!

    I’m actually starting to enjoy the OC again and I never stopped liking Vicki. She has her moment but I’ve liked her (for some strange reason). She really was the glue that held the episode together last night. I especially like how she called Tamra out for betrayal. And in typical Tamptra form, she tries to point out Vicki did the same to her. And you’re right, Eddie does want a baby, just not with Tamptra.

    • Norrth

      Vicki lost me with the Brooks mess, but now I’m beginning to wonder if her version is right, that Brooks was not the grifter everyone said he was (primarily Tams, Brianna and Ryan). Did he say crap he didn’t mean to say (as gross as it was) because he was fed up being trashed at every turn for things he wasn’t doing? Brooks actually seemed like a decent person in Mexico. Man, I am so confused! LOL!

      • SAMRA1116

        That’s a great con artist, scammer, grifter—-some of all is true and they are charming. It may not charm you, but someone is taking the bait.

      • LOL! I think he’s 10% slimeball but he has a decent heart and he makes Vicki happy.

    • SAMRA1116

      Vicki is fighting back—-I was so happy, that she didn’t let Tamra, twist nothing..
      You did all this—-you always do. BAM
      Tamra had to admit the truth..

  • Birdie11

    Shannon flying her freak flag! LOL…that’s one large banner! I think it’s funny that Vicki’s ultimate idea of fun is dancing drunk on a bar…she is half marriage counselor, half floozy. I like Lizzie’s work ethic also, and her coming clean about her parent’s investment was a nice bit of honesty. The swim line might be more appealing with a new name…Sun Kitten sounds a little strip club…just sayin’. Apollo has probably bought a few for Phaek.

    • Norrth

      Glad I’m not alone! Sun Kitten has a porn ring name to it, but I do hope Lizzie gets her company off the ground and does well – most especially if it gets her off the show. Watching her kiss up to Heather is unnerving.

      • SAMRA1116

        Heather is not losing an aurgement. When she’s wrong, I’m sorry if you were offended. If is not sorry — phony.

    • Half marriage counselor, half floozy…bwahahaha!!!!!!!!!

  • cait

    Yicki finds the weakest person/couple and pokes her snout into their trough, trying to control their lives ! Anyone with sense would tell David to run for the hills !

  • cait

    We’ve just finished the series where Thug/ Bully, Ryan, threw that lady out of MY (Yicki’s) house ! Is he still around ?

    • Norrth

      Not really. He and Brianna moved to Oklahoma when he was transferred (and I have to believe the show and his behavior had a lot to do with that).

  • nan/4

    Shannon totally gets on my nerves. She came on as a “newbie” and has insinuated herself in the show with her marital problems from day one. SHE made them the focal point of her storyline, and now can’t stand that the women are talking about her. Then why argue in loud voices with a group of brand new “friends” in the next room? This screams “I want to be on this show SO badly” to me!

    Heather is an east coast girl. Laid back she’s not….I personally understand her reactions to Shannon, and I would find myself quite frustrated with her too. Heather is NOT perfect, and her personality may rub you the wrong way, but to me, she’s not pretending to be someone she’s not. They have a lot of money and likes to spend it! I can’t say that I blame her!

    Shannon is playing victim….of her husband, and Tamra, and Heather. Heather is the evil doer. Vicki swoops in to save the day…..Really? I, for one, am not buying it! JMHO everyone….

    Take care!

    • Norrth

      You are welcome. I started off loving Shannon. I still like her but I hate the way she treats her husband. If she can handle Tamra’s behavior, her husband should be a walk in the park!

  • SAMRA1116

    Poor Shannon —David has been very vocal—-he’s a creature of habit
    have that food ready awaiting on his arrival at home—-that’s your job
    Stop saying he’s not cultured — he’s happy, look at what all the proper thingee you do and you’re not happy. He does his job, just stop picking at him, and be happy..
    Get off this show stat. One day at a time

    • Norrth

      Shannon really doesn’t hear him, does she? She keeps interpreting instead of listening. When she makes fun of his blue collar manners in front of their children it makes me cringe. She accepts Tamra and Vicki’s blue collar ways.

      • SAMRA1116

        She keep saying her her mind only, I’m trying to save my marriage.
        David said I want food ready and family time
        Stop nitpicking. —- when anyone say this is all I need, that in your mind, is what u, think I need to be happy’ I don’t need that shit— all I want, is to come home, dinner with my family, relax and unwind.
        Folks don’t really listen to each other

  • Norrth

    I think Heather thought Vicki and Tamra would be her minions this season, that she would have top billing. Shannon is laying waste to her plans. She seethes at any act of kindness or friendship toward Shannon. It’s bizarre.

    • SAMRA1116

      They all trying to save this train wreck—-they all want to stay on TV
      But Norrth—when Vicki start honestly being the voice of reason, this show is over
      Vicki was the Vicki — I liked from the start.
      LOL

  • cait

    Vicky doesn’t love her children as much as she wants to own and control them ! Remember Michael moved and refused to give V his new address !

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